Sound Explorers Sailing Program, Ages 9-12



Sound Explorers Sailing Program: Ages 9-12

Campers in the Sailing Program spend half their day exploring the diverse habitats of the Long Island Sound from land, and the other half of the day on the water learning the fundamentals of sailing! Campers will learn how to sail and skipper a small sailboat, learn detailed boat handling maneuvers, knots, boat safety, and how to work and communicate as a team. Campers will develop courage, focus, and tenacity adventuring on the protected waters of the New Haven Harbor while engaging in a science-based curriculum, crafts, and exploring the coastal habitats. We recommend campers sign up for two consecutive weeks of sailing camp to gain more sailing experience.


Program Dates:
Sessions Run 9am - 3pm

June 25- 29 | July 2 - 6* | July 9 - 13 | July 16 - 20 | July 23 - 27 | July 30 - Aug. 3 | Aug. 6 - 10 | Aug. 13 - 17 *no camp on July 4th 
Aftercare | 3-5pm all sessions
Campers can sign up for a maximum of two weeks of camp. We encourage sailing campers to register for two full weeks of camp to gain more sailing experience.

Program Fees:

$350/per one-week session
Aftercare $75/week

A Typical Day at Camp in the Sailing Program:

8:45 - 9amArrivalCampers sign in and meet with their Counselors in small groups.
9 - 9:15amSmall GroupsCampers meet with their Counselor and camp group for check ins and small group games.
9:15 - 9:30amMorning MeetingMorning meeting is for the entire camp to get together to sing silly songs, listen to camp announcements, and play group games to start off the day.
9:30 - 10:30amActivity 1: ShoreHabitats: Campers learn a habitat chant and song. They discuss different habitats that they will be exploring later in the morning and play a habitat game (sample).
10:30 - 11:30amActivity 2: ShoreCampers head to the preserve for a habitat scavenger hunt and some free Explore time (sample).
11:30 - 12pmLunchCampers bring their lunch or participate in the New Haven Meals program for lunch and have some free play time.
12 - 1pmWater Orientation and Sailing InstructionCampers review camp safety policies and learn sailing skills and techniques on land to help them in the water.
1 - 2:30pmSailingCampers gear up and get on the water!
2:30 - 2:45pmDebrief the DayCampers debrief their day in small groups by participating in reflection activities and games.
2:45 - 3pmPick up/DismissalParents/Guardians sign out their campers.

Please note that inclement weather may interrupt the sailing schedule. We always prioritize safety and will closely monitor wind and weather conditions.